Live Festival of Arts, Science & Ideas July 2022

Following the success of the 2021 Virtual Festival of Arts Science & Ideas, join us for the 2022 Festival – this time live in our beautiful gardens, over the course of a summer weekend.

We’re planning for two inspiring days of talks, workshops, food and fun.

Once again, you’ll hear big ideas from leading thinkers. You can try new activities, meet old friends, hear some great music – or relax in a shady deckchair.

We’re still confirming our programme, but here’s a taster of what you might enjoy:

  • Talks – on topics such as archaeology, black holes, publishing, women’s health…
  • Workshops – on poetry, permaculture and art…
  • Performances – musicians, composers and dancers…
  • Family activities – from mini-golf to Newnham’s first dog show…
  • Conversations – about writing, the environment, education…
  • Tours – of the gardens, the architecture, art and archives…
  • Exhibitions – exploring our history and future…
  • Food trucks and picnics under the apple trees…
  • Friendship – arrange to meet old friends, and come ready to make new ones.


If you can’t make it to Cambridge, we’ll be streaming our key speakers live online.

Dates and venue

Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 July 2022, at Newnham College, Cambridge.


Tickets will be on sale from early 2022.

Volunteering opportunities

If you’d like to contribute to the programme with a talk, performance or any other idea, please let the organising team know. We’re also looking for Newnham staff and SCR to act as hosts, chair talks, and help the day run smoothly. Please contact to find out more.

Working opportunities

There’ll be opportunities for current Newnham students to work as event supporters over the weekend. We’ll be emailing students directly about this closer to the time.


Accommodation will be available in College on Saturday and Sunday nights (due to our licensing, we can offer accommodation for over-18s only). Booking will be available when tickets are released.

We have also secured special rates for single, double and family rooms – for one, two or three nights –  in a selection of nearby hotels and guesthouses.  You can make reservations via the free booking line.

Organising team

Dr Barbara Blacklaws, Amna Boheim, Jo Burch, Sarah Carthew, Lottie Collis, Laura Dennis, Wendy Evans, Antonia von Gottberg, Joyshan Kung, Frieda Midgley, Dr Mathelinda Nabugodi, Charlotte Price, Dr Judy Quinn, Claire Sawford, Mel Searle, Rebecca Sprostron, Harriet Truscott.

For further information contact us by email